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Karl worked for the City of Palo Alto Utilities from 2001 to 2008 as a Senior Resource Planner. Karl was involved in many projects while there, including:

  • The City of Palo Alto’s first contract with a wind energy project. 

  • Palo Alto’s first successful voluntary green program, PaloAlto Green. 

  • The installation of four 2MW natural-gas-fired back-up generators to avoid rolling blackouts in the energy crisis.

  • The installation of several early solar demonstration projects sited in the city of Palo Alto.

  • A local distributed generation study, including developing rates for customer owned generation, the original feed-in-tariff. 

The Karl Knapp Energy Fellow in City Government is part of a Stanford University program that gives Stanford students the opportunity to work for a summer as a fellow with energy-related state or local governments in California and other Western states. The Karl Knapp Energy Fellow in City Government is a new government fellowship opportunity Stanford University will be offering as part of the program in memory of Karl Knapp.

More information on the Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West program can be found here: https://energy.stanford.edu/seicw/seicw-overview